D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - To many people, car crashes serve as a reminder about the dangers of driving.
On Thursday, students at D'Iberville High School were given a dose of reality from man who says he's lucky to be alive after a drunk driving crash.
"I was driving fast, as I often did. Too fast for a corner," Canadian Kevin Brooks said.
After spending a night drinking and partying with his best friend, Brooks got behind the wheel. Little did he know, his life would change forever.
"I didn't make it. The car flipped over a median, flew in the air over a rail, hit the ground; rolled over I don't know how many times before it finally stopped," he said.
Brooks' was left severely injured, but his best friend didn't survive the accident.
"Dislocated left shoulder, separating right shoulder, tore both of my collar bones. I was torn to shreds. Fractured a vertebrae on my neck, my neck and back damaged to my spinal cord. And on top of all of that I had a collapsed lung, which is life threatening," Brooks said.
After a rough road to recovery, Brooks was left paralyzed from the chest, down. D'Iberville school and city leaders hope Brooks' story is a reminder to students to think before they make careless decisions.
"It puts a face to a situation and the possibilities, and of tragedy that they face each day when driving and being on the road. It's not just about their safety but the community's as well," D'Iberville High School Principal Cheryle Broadus said.
The hope is for students to hear the message of dangerous driving, loud and clear, and Brooks urges them to find a ride, before making it your last one.
"Please recognize that's a sweet deal. It's a great thing to have. You know, get home safe, get your friends home safe. Why not? I wish I had. I could have done my thing, called my family, picked up my car the next day. I wouldn't be sitting in a wheelchair right now sharing a story," Brooks said.
Law enforcement has been out all week during Homecoming activities, and Deputy Chief Clay Jones says officers will continue to be out in full force throughout the weekend.
"It's those conscience decisions that they make that are so important to their future. So again, we want them to hear it from other people, not just us and if we can get through to one child today, we've done our job," Deputy ones said.